Successful first month means family BBQs at Bolton Abbey

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Successful first month means family BBQs at Bolton Abbey

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July 2020.

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Following the re-opening of Bolton Abbey in May, there have been many requests from visitors for the Estate to offer barbecue facilities. The decision to offer these facilities has been made to help reduce the chances of barbecues being lit in much more sensitive areas of the Estate such as Strid Wood or on moorland.

We’ve used flags and posts to mark out each parking and barbecue space. The flags must be used for barbecues to prevent the ground from being scorched and reduces the chance of fires. If you visit us to enjoy a walk rather than a barbecue then don’t worry – the public footpath which runs through the field is roped off to enable walkers to enjoy the riverside without having to walk between groups.

We have worked closely with the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to open Barden Field and they have fully supported the Estate in doing so. They have also helped us install some new safety throwlines.

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To ensure our safe reopening back in May we introduced a variety of new measures – you can read all about them here as well as viewing this map which outlines where is one-way here. All these measures remain in place.

Barden Field’s opening times differ slightly to the rest of the Estate: Thursday to Sunday 12 noon to 8.00pm, with last admission at 6.00pm. General waste bins and barbecue bins are provided and visitors enjoying a barbecue are asked to dispose of their own rubbish appropriately. Toilet facilities are also open. As with all other Bolton Abbey car parks, Barden Field must be pre-booked. Due to the higher cost of staff, security, cleaning and waste disposal on this particular site tickets are £15 per car. The Village, Riverside and Strid Wood Car Parks remain open for pre-booked visits at a cost of £10 per car. These car parks are open every day 9.00am – 5.00pm with last admission at 3.00pm.

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